Kia KOUP Concept debuts in New York
The concept features a classic wedge profile and is adorned with carbon fiber, black chrome and LED head and taillamps. Alluding to its sporty intentions, the concept also gets a carbon fiber chin spoiler, lamp lenses, cowl panel, side-view mirrors, rear bumper insert and rear diffuser. Completing the performance theme are flashy twin-spoke wheels and Brembo brake callipers biting cross-drilled rotors.
Under the hood sits a 2.0L Theta II turbocharged engine producing 290hp and 289lb-ft of torque between 2,000 and 4,000rpm. The engine also debuts Kia’s new GDI direct-injection technology. Drive is sent to the front wheels and the whole thing sits on a unibody frame with coil springs and stabilizer bars for improved handling. These complement an independent front suspension featuring MacPherson struts and an independent dual link rear suspension set-up. Other technical highlights include an engine-speed-sensitive steering system and a set of active dampers.
The cabin continues the sports theme with carbon fiber trim, race-inspired steering wheel, engine starter button and six-speed automatic transmission with steering column-mounted paddle shifters.